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Friday Fitness Hike

We hiked the Scenic Trail last Friday.  When we returned to the parking area, most of us continued on to explore a twisty canyon near the old homestead.  We saw a hummingbird and a pair of owls along the way.

We hiked out about a mile on Pemberton and then turned onto the Scenic Trail.  This was the view just as we turned onto the Scenic Trail.

20140124-DSC01764-Edit-medium-3A view of Red Mountain from the Scenic Trail:

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A panoramic view from the Scenic Trail.20140124-DSC01778-Edit-medium-2

Another view of Red Mountain:

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Time for a water break.  From left to right are Sarg, Janet, Bob, Richard, Linda, Bill, Doug, Ellen, and Venie.20140124-DSC01797-Edit-medium Another view from the ridge.

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Sarge shows off his new haircut.

20140124-DSC01806-Edit-medium A view of Red Mountain just before dipping into Stoneman Wash:

20140124-DSC01818-Edit-mediumThe Pemberton Trail passes several clay mining sites.  These areas were not heavily mined due to the invention of PVC pipe.
20140124-DSC01821-Edit-medium-2A hummingbird at rest in a bush.  Several of us, including me, were surprised to see it resting.
20140124-DSC01856-Edit-medium Approaching the canyon area:

20140124-DSC01860-Edit-mediumA wash flows through the area, eventually feeding into Stoneman Wash.
20140124-DSC01869-Edit-medium 20140124-DSC01872-Edit-medium 20140124-DSC01878-Edit-medium Sarge takes a break while Bob and I discussed which way to go.  There are many choices, some of which lead to dead ends.20140124-DSC01887-Edit-medium Bob and Sarge pose by a steep wall.

20140124-DSC01894-Edit-medium Venie, Ellen, Janet, and Linda:

20140124-DSC01900-Edit-mediumErosive processes undercut a section of one of the walls in several places.  This is the most prominent one that we passed on our hike.
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Venie, Ellen, Janet, and Linda hike beside another steep wall.

20140124-DSC01915-Edit-medium A dead tree beside the wash:

20140124-DSC01918-Edit-medium 20140124-DSC01922-Edit-medium We startled a pair of owls along the way.  They would fly a short way and land, only to be roused again as we continued our way up the canyon.  We saw them take off and land perhaps half a dozen times.  Unfortunately, this photo isn’t in focus, but I’m more than a little surprised that I managed to get a photo of an owl in flight at all.

20140124-DSC01935-Edit-mediumLook for the owl in the lit up area of the photo below.  (I artificially darkened the rest of the photo.)
20140124-DSC01967-Edit-medium-2 Another view of one of the owls in flight:

20140124-DSC01986-Edit-medium Another small wall with interesting holes.  By the time we got to this point, the owls had flown well away from us; we didn’t see them again.

20140124-DSC01988-Edit-medium Once we exited the canyon, we were able to see the McDowells again:

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